FILLINGS

White fillings are an aesthetically pleasing and effective means of restoring a tooth with signs of decay or wear. They are becoming an increasingly popular option, as they blend in with natural teeth and it is difficult to discern them from natural teeth. It is an attractive and safer alternative to metal alloy fillings. Fillings are used to prevent further damage when a cavity has formed in a tooth and can also fill small and medium-sized cavities.
Made from ceramic materials, such as porcelain and with tiny fragments of glass, white fillings are designed to match the natural colour of the tooth.

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Why Would I Need A White Filling?

The majority of people will require a filling at least once in their lifetime. They are used to bolster and strengthen teeth which are decayed or damaged. A filling will help to prevent further damage and restore function to the tooth. The most common reason for needing a filling is decay, but tooth wear and injuries are other causes.

Tooth Wear

Teeth are durable and enamel is the strongest material in the body. However, over the course of time teeth can become worn, especially if you have poor oral hygiene and a diet high in sugary and acidic food. It is these foodstuffs that create bacteria and harmful plaque acids in the mouth, which then attack the protective enamel surface of the teeth. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is another cause of tooth wear and is becoming increasingly common due to stress and anxiety.
Wear of the tooth can contribute to an increased risk of fractures, chips and damage, which can affect the function of the tooth and the aesthetics of the smile. Wear also contributes to sensitivity, which causes pain when you eat or drink hot or cold items. In order to treat tooth wear, it is necessary to identify the cause and then take steps to protect the teeth. This includes the avoidance of sugary, acidic foods, maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, treatment of bruxism and the application of fillings and restorations.

What Does The Procedure Involve?

Initially, the tooth and cavity will be cleaned thoroughly and the filling material then inserted into the hole. Once the material has set it is shaped and trimmed to fit the cavity. The procedure is completely safe and should not be painful. Local anaesthetic will be used to ensure patient comfort.

What Are The Advantages Of White Fillings?

The major advantage of white fillings is that they produce attractive aesthetics and are unnoticeable when the mouth is open. White fillings are durable, strong and help to strengthen the tooth and prevent it from further damage and decay.

Caring For A White Filling

Care for white fillings is the same as what you provide for normal teeth. A good oral hygiene should be followed, including brushing teeth twice a day, rinsing with mouthwash and flossing. Dental check-ups are also vital, avoid eating sugar foodstuffs and refrain from smoking.

Fees

TreatmentPrice
Temporary Fillingfrom £65.00
Tooth Coloured Fillingsfrom £130.00
Amalgam Fillingsfrom £90.00
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